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Effect of Individual, Group or ESF Housing in Pregnancy and Individual or Group Housing in Lactation on Sow Behavior

Lookup NU author(s): Emerita Professor Sandra Edwards


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To evaluate the effect of different housing systems on sow behavior, 80 gilts were randomly allocated at puberty to four treatments: i) sow stall in gestation followed by farrowing crate (SC), ii) group housing with individual feeding in gestation followed by farrowing crate (GC), iii) ESF (Electronic Sow Feeding) system in gestation followed by farrowing crate (EC), and iv) ESF system followed by group farrowing pen (EG). Behavioral observations were carried out on a total of 16 animals per treatment at the following stages: first day of allocation to housing treatment, day of service, 80 days after service, 109 days after service on entry to farrowing accommodation. 24 h before farrowing, day of farrowing. 14, 27 and 28 days after farrowing, at weaning. On each occasion.. individual animals were observed for a 24 period with one minute time sampling. There were significant differences (p

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Author(s): Weng RC, Edwards SA, Hsia LC

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences

Year: 2009

Volume: 22

Issue: 11

Pages: 1574-1580

ISSN (print): 1011-2367

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Publisher: Asian-Australasian Association of Animal Production Societies